Postgame Notes: #13 Michigan 23, #17 Virginia Tech 20 (OT)
At Michigan ... two-year letterman ... appeared in 16 career games and started one contest at linebacker ... contributed four tackles and an assisted sack during his career ... switched from jersey #33 to #9 prior to 2008 fall camp ... switched from jersey #9 to #51 in spring 2011 ... special teams contributor.
Fifth-Year Senior (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... did not see game action.
Senior (2010) ... attended Hampton University ... did not see game action.
Junior (2009) ... did not play football.
Sophomore (2008) ... earned second varsity letter ... played in 10 contests and made one start at linebacker ... saw action at linebacker in four games ... earned first career start at linebacker vs. Utah (Aug. 30), recording four tackles and half a sack ... contributed on special teams vs. Miami (Sept. 6) and at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... played special teams in Big Ten opener vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) ... contributed on special teams vs. Illinois (Oct. 4) ... played at weakside linebacker and on special teams at Penn State (Oct. 18) ... contributed on special teams vs. Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... played at strong side linebacker and on special teams at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... contributed on special teams at Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... did not see game action vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... played weakside linebacker and on special teams at Ohio State (Nov. 22).
Freshman (2007) ... earned first varsity letter ... played special teams in six contests ... made road debut on special teams at Northwestern (Sept. 29) ... played special teams vs. Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6) ... saw action on punt return unit at Illinois (Oct. 20) and against Minnesota (Oct. 27) ... played on special teams at Michigan State (Nov. 3) and Wisconsin (Nov. 10).
Prep ... attended Varina High School (2006) coached by Gary Chilcoat ... team won district and regional titles as a senior ... Key Statistics... finished varsity career with 142 tackles, 14 sacks, eight fumble recoveries and five interceptions, including one pick returned for a touchdown ... tallied 69 tackles, eight sacks, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions during senior season ... recorded 66 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two interceptions as a junior ... Honors and Rankings... three-star prospect and the No. 29 weak-side linebacker in the country according to Scout.com ... two-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... All-Region selection by PrepStar Magazine ... selected as the Richmond Times-Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year ... recognized as the 2006 Central Region Co-Defensive Player of the Year by VirginiaPreps.com ... earned metro, region and district player of the year honors as a senior ... first-team all-metro, all-region, all-district and all-state as a senior ... first-team all-district as a junior ... Other Sports... played guard and forward on the basketball team.
Personal ... Marell Valdezze Evans was born Jan. 9, 1989 ... high school teammate of former tailback Brandon Minor ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in general studies.